AUTHOREhrlich, Paul R. / Sagan, Carl / Kennedy, Donald / Roberts, Walter Orr, Eds.
TITLEThe Cold and the Dark, The World after Nuclear War: The Conference on the Long-Term Worldwide Biological Consequences of Nuclear War
PUBLISHERW. W. Norton & Co.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1984
ISBN0-393-01870-9


This book is a transcript of the papers and panels of The Conference on the Long-Term Worldwide Biological Consequences of Nuclear War, which took place in Washington D.C. in 1983. The conference had over 500 participants, including over 100 scientists from various countries. In the first of five parts of the book, astronomer Carl Sagan gives a summary of his research and that of others titled “The Atmospheric and Climatic Consequences of Nuclear War.” In the second part, biologist Paul Ehrlich presents the consensus of a large group of biologists in “The Biological Consequences of Nuclear War.” The third and fourth parts consist of transcriptions of the panel discussions of the two presentations. The fifth part is the text of a teleconference between top scientists of the United States and the Soviet Union discussing the findings of the conference. The scientists, those at the conference and those in Moscow, unanimously agreed that the findings of the studies were accurate and that the consequences of nuclear war would be catastrophic to the point of threatening the extinction of many of earth’s species, including humans. Appendices provide additional detail from the scientific studies.


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